Stretch marks are always right around the corner. They can happen after you’ve experienced a significant amount of weight gain when the skin can’t stretch enough to keep up. And even once you’ve lost the weight loss, you might still have lingering stretch marks.
Stretch marks are more common in women, especially during pregnancy. The child grows faster than your skin can expand to accommodate it. Fortunately, there are ways to treat stretch mark and help you reclaim your body. At Cloud Med Spa in Beverly Hills, we are dedicated to helping people maintain bodies that reflect how they feel inside. We offer a range of treatments that rejuvenate and revitalize your body and skin.
These long, thin, rippled marks are also called striae. They can appear on many parts of the body and affect an estimated 80% of the population. They can even appear on people who haven’t experienced extreme weight fluctuations. Common areas for stretch marks include:
Factors That Lead to Stretch Marks
The primary cause of stretch mark is a significant change in weight. However, there are a few other factors that can make you more vulnerable to developing them. Those factors include:
- Genetics: some individuals are more prone down on the genetic level.
- Age: the older we get, the more our skin loses elasticity.
- Cortisone levels: high amounts of this “stress" hormone can decrease skin elasticity.
- Hydration levels: dehydrated skin is more likely to develop stretch marks.
Stretch Marks Treatment Options
For some individuals, stretch mark will eventually go away on their own without the need for treatment. Still, it depends on the location and severity of the marks. While stretch marks aren’t harmful or painful, they can be frustrating and affect your quality of life. They can lead to a loss of confidence in your body, especially when it comes to wearing bathing suits.
Luckily the frustrating stretch mark can be minimized by using a series of laser treatments. There is a variety of laser types that target different kinds of stretch marks. Each one can address them in their own way.
Pulsed dye laser and fractional laser therapy are two of the most common laser treatment methods. The lasers work by reducing the redness in the stretch marks and by stimulating new collagen and elastin formation in the skin. Both treatments are both quick and effective, requiring little to no downtime.
This is a protein that provides structure throughout your body. When present in skin, it keeps skin firm and full. As we age, our bodies naturally begin to produce less of it. The result can be loose or sagging skin.
This is another protein that is crucial to healthy skin. It is what allows your skin to stretch without getting stretch marks. Higher amounts mean your skin will be able to take some more stress.
Together, collagen and elastin work to keep your skin tight and youthful. Without them, your body becomes vulnerable to developing stretch mark.
Microneedling has been shown to be an effective treatment for reducing stretch marks. It has proven especially useful for patients with darker skin tones. Like laser therapy, microneedling is a quick and straightforward procedure that allows you to see results without spending weeks recovering.
This unique treatment targets the dermis, the middle layer of our skin where stretch marks form. By making numerous tiny punctures, your body’s skin is stimulated to begin rejuvenating itself! The newly invigorated skin beings collagen production in the targeted area. As your body naturally rebuilds its collagen supply, you will see improvements in your skin appearance along with a reduction in stretch marks.
In the past, undergoing surgery for removal of the stretch mark was popular because there were limited other options. While surgical methods are still highly effective, patients should consider all their options and find a treatment that matches their unique needs.
One highly effective surgical treatment for stretch marks is a tummy tuck. Also called an abdominoplasty, this procedure addresses excess skin around the lower stomach area. For patients with stretch marks below the navel, this procedure can effectively remove them.
With surgery, be prepared to spend time in recovery and to have some downtime.
Schedule a Consultation
If stretch mark have begun to affect your quality of life, schedule a consultation today to learn about your treatment options. At Cloud Med Spa, our goal is to help individuals have bodies that they are proud of. As technology and techniques continue to develop, we are excited to provide top-of-the-line treatments for rejuvenating your body and skin.